Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists and three victims' advocates recently received accolades relating to their service to victims of drunk and distracted driving crashes, along with their families.
Sunday, April 28
The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) was presented with several Victim Service Awards from Anita Alvarez Cook County States Attorney as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 23. The Cook County State’s Attorney Office recognizes teams, individuals, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in support of crime victims and victim services. Three AAIM advocates and the organization were recognized for promoting the rights of crime victims, and advocating on their behalf with compassion and commitment for victims of impaired driving. AAIM Honorees were: Twyla Blakely, Cathy Stanley and Sharon Johnson. Accepting the award on behalf of AAIM was Board of Director Bob Cebrzynski. “We were …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart releases a surveillance video that purports to show a corrections officer didn't slip and fall as he claimed in a workers compensation claim.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants you to know he's keeping an eye on the "duty injury king" — a corrections officer known among his peers for submitting false injury claims while on the job — and others like him. The sheriff's office released a video tape Wednesday that purports to show the time and location where a corrections officer claimed he slipped and fell, injuring his back on Nov. 20. The officer is now suspended without pay, and the sheriff wants to press criminal charges. The sheriff's office's claim about the video states: On November 20th of last year a Correctional Officer submitted a false injury report claiming that he sustained a back injury while returning from transporting a detainee. He reported to other staff the he …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From interstates to local roads, our map provides updates on closures and high-standing water in your area.
From the Wisconsin border to the south side of Chicago and into the western suburbs, local roads, interstates and highways were closed Thursday because of flooding. Click through the pins above to see which roads in your area — or on your route to and from work today — have been closed due to flooding or have high-standing water. Police are encouraging drivers to avoid roadways with standing water. If you come upon an area with high-standing water or that is closed, add that information to our map by visiting this link. Otherwise, let us know about the closure by commenting below. Drivers are asked to beware of high-standing water on roadways. The water on a roadway can be deeper than it appears and can cause a vehicle to stall or be …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Data from Lake and Cook counties shows low voter turnout for many local races.
Did you vote in the April election? If so, you were in the vast minority, according to unofficial tallies from the Lake and Cook county clerks’ offices. There are 19,674 registered voters in the Lake County portion of Buffalo Grove. Of those, only 1,315 cast ballots in the village trustee race, according to data from the Lake County clerk’s website. That’s less than 7 percent voter turnout. The numbers were only slightly higher in the Cook County portion of Buffalo Grove, which claims 9,562 registered voters. Of those voters, 8.2 percent cast ballots in the trustee race. The three incumbent candidates for Buffalo Grove’s village board were the only ones whose names were listed on the ballot. While it’s not yet clear how many of the …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
More than 24,000 federal employees who work in Cook County could potentially be affected by sequester, which is slated to start Friday.
Thursday, February 28
CLICK ON THE COUNTY, ABOVE, AND THE BAR GRAPH WILL ADJUST Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect more than 24,263 federal employees working in Cook County. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Illinois by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Want to see who sold their home in Cook County? Patch has compiled a searchable ongoing list of property sales in Cook County, based on data from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
Want to know how much that house down the block sold for or how many million dollar home sales there were in your community last year? Patch has put together a searchable real estate database of Cook County property sales that is updated twice a month as new data is received from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. You can search by address (the field will fill in automatically as you start typing, but be patient — it may take a moment to catch up with you), or search a full town or a specific price range within a town. You can also search by the buyer or seller's name (and those fields will fill automatically as well). If no price is listed, or other information is missing, it is because it was not included in the information from the …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Cook County Health Department reports finding of weekly flu surveillance.
Seasonal flu cases are increasing in Cook County, mirroring an increase nationally. Cook County Department of Public Health monitors flu activity through a weekly surveillance of reports from a sample of hospitals, private doctors’ offices and lab data of positive flu tests. For the week of Dec. 2-8, the latest figures available, there was a 3.38 percent increase. There were 78 specimens that tested positive, according to the health department’s website. Three cases of the flu where the patient required hospitalization were reported, the site stated. Additionally, three Cook County schools reported increased student absenteeism due to the flu, it stated. Related: Lake County Sees Increase in Number of Flu Cases Flu season runs from October…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
'Thundersnow' is possible as rain changes to snow and strong winds develop, the National Weather Service says. The warning includes Cook and Lake counties.
It's taken a while for the season's snow to show itself, but it looks like it's coming back with a vengeance. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Thursday evening through late Thursday night. A total of two to six inches of snow is likely, with more accumulation in the north and northwest suburbs than in the city. Rain will likely change to wet snow from west to east in the afternoon and evening, growing heavy at times, the weather service says. Strong winds are also likely to develop. "Thundersnow" is possible, the weather service says, and winds may reach 30-40 mph by late Thursday afternoon, and up to 60 mph at night. "The combination of the snow and very strong winds will result in greatly reduced …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
On what may be the biggest drinking "holiday" of the year, Cook County announces a new plan for roadside DUI death memorials.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The night before Thanksgiving is known as the biggest party night of the year. Almost a holiday unto itself with a name of its own, Black Wednesday is a night to rival New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day for overindulgence in alcohol. In many communities, extra officers will be on patrol and local officials warn bar owners not to overserve their patrons. So it's not a coincidence that Cook County this week announced a new DUI Memorial Program. For $150, families of anyone killed in a DUI fatality can purchase a roadside memorial marker to be placed alongside any highway under the county's jurisdiction. The marker includes a “Please Don’t Drink and Drive” sign and an optional commemorative plaque with the deceased loved one’s name and …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Here's how to cast your ballot early.
Early voting in Lake and Cook counties starts Monday, Oct. 22 and continues through Saturday, Nov. 3. To find your early voting location in Lake County, go to www.lakevoterpower.info, and enter your information. Call the county clerk's office at (847) 377-2410 with any questions. Hours are the same at each location, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. For Cook County residents, nearby early voting locations include the Arlington Heights, Northbrook and Palatine village halls. Visit the Cook County clerk's early voting page for a list of all locations. Early voting locations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and a few places also offer Sunday hours. All early voters will need a photo …